Begging to educate children

  The streets of Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu offer travellers numerous encounters with people with disabilities begging. However, the sights are sporadic beyond the major cities. Although most street beggars dress shabbily, Janet Chinthenga paints a totally different picture. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, we met her walking on all fours in the corridors…

93 000 IDs ‘missing’ in KU

Over 93 000 people, who registered for the national identity cards (IDs), will have to wait longer, because their cards are not in the consignment being distributed in the district. National Registration Bureau (NRB) Kasungu assistant district registrar Ndindase Ng’oma confirmed there are 93 893 people whose IDs are missing due to technical hitches. One…

13 years IHL for killing an elephant

  Nkhotakota Magistrate’s Court on Friday convicted and sentenced Faliki Simeon and Thomson Zindo to 13 years imprisonment each for killing an elephant in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Central Region prosecution officer Levison Mangani told the court that in September the duo entered the reserve without permit, armed with a muzzle loader locally known as gogodera…

Germany uplifts teen mothers in Rumphi

  Roscher Youth Development Centre in Rumphi is training teen mothers in tailoring to make them self-reliant. In an interview on Friday, Rumphi Resident Association (RRA) executive director Walita Mkandawire thanked the German Embassy for donating sewing machines for the youth empowerment initiative. “The training is targeting girls affected by child marriages and teen pregnancy.…

Mutharika launches Poppy Day

President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday inaugurated this year’s Poppy Day at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe and bought a Poppy flower at K1 million. In his speech, Mutharika said he was aware of the challenges war veterans and ex-soldiers are facing, and pledged to support them. “I appeal to all Malawians to support this noble task…

Unima misses out on HIV and Aids project

  Frequent closures of constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (Unima) have made students pay dearly as they have missed out as beneficiaries of an HIV and Aids project implemented by Students Christian Organisation of Malawi (Scom). Scom monitoring and evaluation officer Innocent Kachikopa said this in an interview on Friday after presenting the…

Likoma islanders want courts

  Faith-based organisations have petitioned government to restart court sessions in Likoma District as the islanders have been struggling to access justice on the mainland. In a communiqué read by the Reverend Nase Chunga of CCAP Livingstonia Synod, the clergy, coming together under Nzatose Project, asked government to deploy a magistrate to provide judicial services…